Mortal Kombat 11 is getting a global esports competition with more than $255k in prizes

The game isn't even out and yet the stage is set for Mortal Kombat to explode back into esports.

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A professional esports circuit is coming for the latest iteration of the Mortal Kombat series.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have announced the 2019-20 Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition shortly ahead of the game’s April 23 launch.

The two companies are working with Intersport on this nine tournament, global competition that hosts a prize pool of more than $255,000.

The Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition will host its nine events across North America, Latin America, Europe, and their online servers. Top players from around the world can enter these events for a shot at a portion of the $155,000 prize pool available across the nine premier events.

Each of the tournaments will also work as qualifiers for Final Kombat, the championship finale that will be held in early 2020. A total of 16 spots are open for the finale, 12 of which will be from the Pro Kompetition events.

The remaining four slots will be filled by the winners of Canada’s Northern Arena, Latin America’s Liga Latina, the Interkontinental Kombat, and a last-chance qualifier that will be held just days before Final Kombat begins.

Combo Breaker 2019 will host the inaugural Pro Kompetition event from May 24 to 26 in Chicago. Along with Combo Breaker, CEO, Evo, and Dreamhack Montreal are also locked in as Pro Kompetition events – making it four super events.

Once the top 16 players have qualified for Final Kombat, they will travel to Chicago to battle it out for the $100,000 prize pool. The event will be live-streamed on NeatherRealm’s Twitch channel and more information on all of the events can be found on the Mortal Kombat website.

Here is a full breakdown of the events for the Pro Kompetition:

Pro Kompetition Premier Events

• Combo Breaker: May 24 to 26
• CEO: June 28 to 30
• Viennality: July 5 to 7
• EVO: August 2 to 4
• Celtic Throwdown: August 31 to September 1
• Dreamhack Montreal: September 6 to 8
• Brazil Premie: Dates TBD
• East Coast Throwdown: Dates TBD
• NEC: Dates TBD

Pro Kompetition Online Events

• North America East: June 8 to 9
• North America West: August 17 to 18
• Europe: Sept. 14 to 15

Pro Kompetition Qualifying Events

• Canada – Northern Arena: June 30 to Aug. 25
• Latin America – Liga Latina: Dates TBD
• Europe and Australia – Interkontinental Kombat: Dates TBD
• Last Chance Qualifier: Dates TPD

Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23 for all systems.